The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are divided over the importance of Paul Pogba to their side’s performances as speculation concerning his future at the club continues to dominate the mainstream media.
Since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, Pogba’s performances have been heavily scrutinised and criticised by fans and pundits alike. That is to be expected when a player makes a transfer for such an astronomical fee, and so far it seems that the French international has struggled to deal with the added weight of expectation that arrives with a high-profile transfer.
So far this season, Pogba has 9 assists and 3 goals from 19 appearances in the Premier League, which represents a solid return for a player who operates in central-midfield. However, very few observers have been quick to criticise his play-making quality or his ability to influence the game in the final-third, as his inability to perform basic defensive duties has been the dominating theme in the negativity directed towards him.
Consequently, rumours linking him with a move away from United for the second time in his career are beginning to circulate in the media, and the latest report from The Daily Mirror suggests the club are willing to allow him to move away from the club this summer. Jose Mourinho’s career has been built on his ability to mould his teams into a solid unit capable of grinding out results in the toughest of fixtures, so it’s no surprise that he might be willing to allow the individualistic Pogba to depart Old Trafford in the summer.
Although plenty of the Red Devils faithful propping up our bar would be gutted to see Pogba leave in the summer, it’s a prospect they have to prepare themselves for. If the 25-year-old does depart then Mourinho will certainly need to have a replacement lined up to step into his place, as the club are already short of midfielders with Pogba in the squad.
With that being said, United should do everything they can to sign Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt) in the event of Pogba’s departure, as his history at both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid suggests he possesses both the mentality and the technical ability to be a resounding success in Manchester. The German international is a complete midfielder; he can play in both a deep and advanced midfield position due to his plethora of qualities to influence the game at both ends of the pitch.
Kroos played an integral role in Germany’s World Cup victory in 2014 and also within Champions League triumphs at both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively. After re-signing Pogba for an enormous fee less than two years ago, it would be a huge shame if United were to sell him this summer, but the signing of Kroos would soften the blow significantly and enable the club to significantly improve their fortunes next season.